Ahab rejects Macaiah’s prophecy that if he goes to war, he will die in battle. He takes the word of his 400 “yes men” instead. But there is always that little doubt that nags us when we know deep down when something’s wrong but we insist on having it our way anyway.  Ahab tries to get what he wants without the consequences. In this verse he instructs his ally, King Jehoshaphat of Judah regarding the war. He says, “I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you wear your robes.” He thinks he can hide from God. Of course, we all know we can’t do that. Ahab is killed in battle! Think of it! He thought that doing it his way would give him what he wanted. Yet, had he surrendered to God’s will he would have had what mattered most. Why do we run from God?

A Minnesota radio station reported a story about a stolen car. Police were staging an intense search for the vehicle and the driver, even to the point of placing announcements on local radio stations to contact the thief. On the front seat of the stolen car sat a box of crackers that, unknown to the thief, were laced with poison. The car owner had intended to use the crackers as rat bait. The police  were more interested in apprehending the thief to save his life than to recover the car.

So often when we run from God, we feel it is to escape his punishment. But what we are actually doing is eluding his rescue.

 “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (NLT)